With the new mid-mounted 6.2L V8 LT2 engine pushing out nearly 500 horsepower, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 has the right stuff to perform on race day. That said, there are a few steps that owners must take prior to heading to the track to ensure the 2020 Corvette is ready to explore the performance limits, as outlined in the following Corvette Academy video.
At just one minute, 35 seconds in length, the video provides a general outline of what’s needed to get the new 2020 Corvette ready for a track day. However, for those owners considering taking the plunge, it is a good resource to get an idea of what it takes to go apex hunting.
To begin, General Motors says that the 2020 Corvette Z51 package is “required” for track events. This optional extra includes upgrades for the brakes, suspension, exhaust, and axle ratio, and also adds in an electronic limited-slip differential and new aero, plus new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and a heavy-duty cooling system.
GM also says that the fluid levels should be checked, and an extra two quarts of transmission fluid should be added to the eight-speed DCT. GM suggests heading to a dealer for the added fluid, and says the transmission fluid and fluid filter should be changed after every 24 hours of track use. Check out our exclusive coverage of why this fluid isn’t added from the factory.
It’s also recommended that the brake fluid be changed to a high-temp product with a boiling point of 310 degrees C or higher. The 2020 Corvette is equipped with a brake fade warning system, which will display messages in the gauge cluster when the brakes start to overheat.
Finally, any new brake pads should be burnished before hitting the track, the details of which can be found in the owner’s manual and in the track prep guide.